Veteran Affairs GI Bill Educational Benefits
The Veteran Affairs website has been designed to provide the most efficient and effective means to find the information needed to initiate GI Bill Veterans educational benefits. To receive VA educational benefits, you must be formally admitted as a degree seeking undergraduate or graduate student and adhere to the university’s tuition policies and academic eligibility standards.
All forms required to request initiation and payment of benefits may be submitted electronically from your UNC email address, however; if you still have questions after reviewing the information or need to make an appointment in person, please contact Jan Benjamin at Jan.Benjamin@unc.edu.
Where do I Start?
To receive benefits, you must apply through the Department of Veterans Affairs.
For instructions and application forms, please visit the VA website at www.gibill.va.gov or you may contact them by phone at 1-888-GIBILL1.
What happens next?
The VA will process your application and send you a letter notifying you of their decision.
Please be aware that it may take the VA several weeks to process your claim. If you are approved to receive benefits, you will receive a certificate of eligibility letter from the VA.
Enrollment Certification Renewal is not automatic.
You must submit the UNC-CH Veterans Educational Benefits Enrollment Data Form as soon as you register for the following term to re-activate your benefits and prevent a lapse in payment. Without a new enrollment form, your payments will stop. You must notify this office if you change your major, withdraw or add and/or drop classes.
The VA will be notified of failure to maintain standards of attendance, progress, or conduct: When a student has failed to maintain the prescribed standard of attendance, progress, or conduct, the school must promptly notify VA so that VA can discontinue benefit payments in accordance with the law. If a student’s progress or conduct becomes unsatisfactory, the termination date assigned by the school will be the last day of the term or other evaluation period in which the student’s progress or conduct became unsatisfactory. In situations involving unsatisfactory attendance, benefits will be discontinued based on the student’s last date of attendance as reported by the school.
Chapter 30, 1606, and 1607 veterans will not receive payment until they have also verified their monthly attendance directly with the VA. Enrollment can be verified starting on the last calendar day of the month by using the Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) at https://www.gibill.va.gov/wave or by calling the toll free Interactive Voice Response (IVR) telephone line at 1-877-823-2378.
Listed below are other World Wide Web resources for those wanting information about their VA benefits.
- Carolina Veterans’ Organization
A UNC-CH Campus group for those interested in meeting others who are also receiving US military benefits.
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Education Service
The source of information concerning your educational benefits.
- House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs
News and legislation concerning veterans benefits.
- GI Bill Comparison Tool
- The Thomas Pages
Congressional information, including a search engine for the texts of bills.
- GI Bill Express.com
A comprehensive educational website designed to provide information about scholarships, Federal and State benefits, and participating schools.
- North Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs
A simple page with contact information.
- Army/American Council on Education Registry Transcript System
AARTS is an ACE program specifically for the U.S. Army.
Benefiting the US Army, US Navy, US Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard.
Need additional information?
UNC-Chapel Hill Veterans Services – The Office of the Dean of Student’s website is dedicated to assisting veterans and others receiving US military benefits in making a successful transition into the Carolina community.
If you are interested in meeting others who are also receiving US military benefits, contact the Carolina Veterans’ Organization.
Do you have additional questions about GI Bill education benefits under the Veteran Affairs?
Contact Jan Benjamin, the University GI Bill Services Official.